Obed Watershed Community Association (OWCA) is a Crossville, TN-based nonprofit with the mission to protect and enhance the watersheds of the
 Obed River and its tributaries within Cumberland County, TN through community education, creating opportunities for community research and service projects, and promoting conservation, recreation, and best management practices.  It also supports activities in other nearby watersheds both within Cumberland County and surrounding counties.

     This website if full of information about the watershed with many fact sheets and education powerpoints that go into great detail about the natural resources that are here.  There are also pages devoted to the many projects and accomplishments that OWCA has achieved in its twelve year history.  Many activities, however, change frequently, so we use our Facebook page, Obed Watershed Community Association, as a way to receive information in a more immediate way than the website.  The link to our Facebook page is at the bottom of our navigation column to the left.


  • Upcoming Activities and Event Dates - 2018!

    Invasive plant removal at Colinx Volunteer Days

    Nov. 15 3 to 5pm and Nov. 16 12 to 4pm


    OWCA is maintaining land around Colinx. Meet at the far right side of the Colinx parking lot. Come in long pants and long sleeve/ jacket as there are thorns in some places. If you have your own set of clippers or loppers, please bring them! OWCA will provide gloves, and herbicide to paint invasive plants. There will be people to instruct you which plants to cut. Everyone is welcome! Call or text 931-484-9033 if you have any questions. The 16th will earn 4 hours for TN Promise Students. The dates from 3 to 5 will get you 2 hours.

    Bird Walk

    Dec. 1st at 9am at Lake Tansi Beach Area


    Ed LeGrand will lead a bird walk at the Lake Tansi beach area (just past Recreation Center, 2476 Dunbar Rd) Saturday Dec.1st at 9am. Carpool from Common Ground (405 4th st Crossville) at 8:45am. Ed will help us identify and teach us how to recognize bird features and calls. Bring comfy shoes, your binoculars, bird book, and a friend! If you are new to birding or don’t have binoculars, don’t worry we can share. Ed also brings his spotting scope to hopefully see waterfowl on Lake Tansi. Ed is a member of OWCA and loves to share his interest in birds in this informal bird watching outing.

    Save The Date!

    Nov. 15th Native Plant Sale Committee Meeting /Volunteer Day at Colinx 3 to 5 pm

    16th Invasive removal at Colinx 12-4pm *TN Promise

    29th Board Meeting 3pm at Common Ground

    Dec. 1st Bird Walk at Lake Tansi beach area

    Jan. Identifying Trees in Winter  Presentation/Hike.  Date TBD

    Feb. Cumberland Trail Flora and Fauna Presentation. Date TBD

    Mar. Native Plants in Your Yard Presentation. Date TBD

    Apr. 26, 27th Native Plant Sale, Community Complex - Fri 10-6 and Sat 9-5

    Oct. 5th Keep it Clean 5k

    Sign-up time for Kroger Community Rewards

    August is sign-up time for Kroger's Community Rewards program.  This is a pain-free way to support OWCA.  Kroger donates 5% of the purchases to OWCA.  This does not affect your fuel points or any other program that provides you with discounts.  To sign up you need to go to the Kroger website, go to "savings and rewards," then Kroger Community Rewards Program.  Once you sign in, related to your Kroger Card, you'll be asked which organization you want to support.  You can type in our name or use the number Kroger has assigned us -EI719

     Amazon Shopping Link

    Amazon’s program to help non-profits continues all year.  If you’re going to make purchases through Amazon, help OWCA by using the link: http://smile.amazon.com/ch/72-1594762


         The OWCA Board includes Bill Morgan (President), Brian Graska (Vice President), Dennis Gregg (Treasurer), Brad Fox (Secretary), Wayne Russell, Jean Cheely, Jenna Walls, and Becky Whitney.

    OWCA sponsors are Veolia Water NA, CoLinx, Crye-Leike Realty, Manchester Tank, Silvara Stone, Clark Annis, TN Chapter Sierra Club, TN Scenic Rivers Association, Stonehaus Winery, National Parks Conservation Association, Outdoor Experience, Plateau Properties, EcoTravel Center, FirstBank, Highland Federal Savings and Loan, Roane State Community College, Lillypad Brewery, Calfkiller Brewery, Kroger, and Business Equipment Clinic. 

     OWCA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit membership organization.  Tax deductible contributions can be sent to OWCA, 405 4th St. Crossville, TN 38555.  Katie Heying is the Executive Director and can be reached at 931-484-9033 or 210-3611.

    405 4th St

    Posted Nov 11, 2018, 11:37 AM by Katie Heying
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